Lost Pet: Ensure microchip information is up to date including emergency contacts & address.
Found Pet: Have the animal scanned for a microchip at your local vet or animal shelter in an effort to easily contact the owner.
Lost Pet: Ensure the issuer of your pet’s rabies certificate has your current contact information.
Found Pet: Call the issuer of the animal’s rabies tag to find owner contact information.
Depending upon where you lost/found the animal:
Contact Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter at 512-943-3322 or Austin Animal Center at 512-978-0500 (or appropriate city/county shelter). Bell County Animal Control: 254-933-5412; Ft. Hood Animal Control: 254-287-4675; Killeen Animal Control: 254-526-5732
- Contact the local Animal Control Department per the city or county.
- Post colorful flyers in the area of the lost/found animal. Suggestion: Use bright colored posterboard background and full color photo. Laminate the flyer to prevent weather damage.
- www.craigslist.com – post a Lost/Found ad in the Pet section along with multiple photos of the lost/found animal daily until the animal is returned home.
- www.findtoto.com – a paid service that sends automated messages to your neighbors alerting them that your animal is lost.
- Lost Pet Network:
Austin has a certified Missing Pet Partnership specialist trained to find lost cats for a fee.
The Schrodi Memorial Training Fund was created to help owners who can’t afford top dollar training, be able to train and keep their dogs.
Hearts and Paws has a free Home Manners Class to help manage and eliminate common dog behavior problems.
Action Pack Dog Center offers an extensive array of training, boarding, and day care options as well as free training and daycare evaluations for Texas Humane Heroes adopters.
A.D.O.P.T. is a non-profit organization founded to help increase the adoption rates of shelter dogs and lower the number of owner surrenders through proper training, behavior modification, and education. They have a limited number of scholarships available to assist owners who cannot afford training, keep their dogs. A.D.O.P.T. Scholarship Application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Texas Humane Heroes strives toward a “no-kill” community and follows a “no-kill” philosophy, but what does that really mean? In short, TXHH will not euthanize any adoptable cats or dogs. We also provide services that we hope will ultimately reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats in our community. We hope this will enable our entire community to become a “no-kill” community, where none of the shelters have to euthanize because of overcrowding, and every healthy pet gets a permanent home.
We’re not there yet, but with the community’s help and support – with your help and support – we believe a “no-kill” community could be a reality here in Central Texas.
- Spay or neuter your pets and encourage others to do the same! Texas Humane Heroes offers a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
- Adopt your next cat or dog from your local shelter. Don’t forget to check the available pets at Texas Humane Heroes!
- Keep your pets’ registration and rabies vaccination tags on them at all times. Consider getting your pet microchipped.
- Make sure your pet sees the vet at least once a year for a preventative checkup. Take your pet to the vet right away if you think your pet might be sick or injured.
- Train and socialize your dog from day one. Learn about dog and cat behavior so you can understand what they are trying to tell you.
- Support Texas Humane Heroes by donating or volunteering! We depend 100% on community support to reach our goals.
Contact and visit your municipal animal shelter, like WCRAS or Town Lake. Even if your pet isn’t at one of these places, keep checking back every few days. Pets have been known to turn up in shelters weeks or even months after they disappear. Animal control officers and concerned citizens bring lost pets to the shelters so their owners can find them.
All stray pets found in Williamson County should be taken to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS). By having a single place for stray animals to go, it’s more likely that an owner will be able to find their missing pet.
Baby birds and wild animals are best left alone. Do not pick up a wild animal. If one is seriously injured, sick, or threatening, you can call animal control. For more tips, advice, or assistance, you can also call Austin Wildlife Rescue, Inc. at (512) 472-WILD, or visit their website at www.austinwildliferescue.org.
Books, websites, behavior counselors, and trainers are all available and eager to assist you. Check out dogwise.com for a list of good books on training and behavior. You can also visit your local library. Go to Dr. P’s Dog Training Library for lots and lots of links to sites dealing with all kinds of issues.
At this time, Texas Humane Heroes is focusing the majority of its efforts saving animals on death row from animal control facilities in Central Texas, and for this reason, will be unable to take animals from owners/finders.
Do to the high volume of animals at risk at animal control, TXHH is asking that owners/finders attempt to rehome animals on their own to avoid overburdening the shelter system.
Animal Behavior Guides
Millions of animals are left at shelters each year, many because of behavior problems that can be solved! Before you consider giving up your pet because of a behavior problem, please take time to read through any of the articles below for information and advice. If the articles and books provided do not offer a solution, consider contacting an animal behaviorist or trainer in your area.
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Aggression Toward People
Aversives for Dogs
Dog Toys and How to Use Them
Dominance in Dogs
Fear of Thunder and Startling Noises
Introducing New Dog to Resident Dog
Puppy Nipping and Rough Play
Aggression Between Cats
Aggression Toward People
Aversives for Cats
Cat Toys and How to Use Them
Discouraging Free-Roaming Cats
Introducing a New Cat to Resident Pets
Litterbox Problems: Prevention
Litterbox Problems: Solutions
Managing Kitten’s Rough Play
Positive Reinforcement Training
Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy